Still looking for that elusive ‘perfect gift’ for Christmas? Maybe the opportunity is sitting right under your nose in the form of those empty plastic bulk chemical and fertiliser containers that are lying round the back of the farm shed.
The University of Queensland and Manildra have launched a project which aims to develop a blend of wheat starch as a fertiliser with reduced run-off for use in Queensland’s sugarcane industry.
Incitec Pivot Fertilisers is expanding its distribution facilities at Port Adelaide, leasing the nearby MacroFertil site to meet growing demand for bulk and blended fertilisers in South Australia.
US scientists have identified networks of genes and gene regulators that allow plants to direct nitrogen to different parts, a discovery that may speed the breeding of new plant varieties to be more effective with how they use nitrogen.
This year’s desperately dry winter across the northern farming zone may have a small upside for some grain growers in New South Wales and Queensland with the potential for summer crop fertiliser budgets to be revised on failed cropping country.
New farming systems research on Queensland’s Darling Downs is working towards finding the impact of cropping rotations, intensity and nutrient strategies on productivity and sustainability.
Work has commenced on the first stage of a $35 million project that will deliver a three-pronged expansion at Mort & Co’s Grassdale Feedlot near Dalby.
Evidence suggests many crops across all rainfall zones are nitrogen deficient, and this is one of the major reasons why cereal yields are on average only half what they should be.
Western Australian grain growers considering the nutritional requirements of wheat and barley crops following recent rainfall are advised nitrogen (N) fertiliser applied relatively late in the season can often achieve optimum results for both grain yields and protein levels.
A new study of the role microbial communities play on the leaves of plants suggests that fertilising crops may make them more susceptible to disease.